You have researched your entertainment and narrowed it down to 2 or 3 companies. Typically, most are looking for price and someone that can play music, right? Of course! It’s perfectly normal to lead with those intentions when looking for your wedding entertainment. This is probably the first and only time you will have to hire a DJ.
But, there is one other important job your entertainment is responsible for that is usually overlooked. The role of Master of Ceremonies (the M.C.). I hear couples all the time at our consultations say they went to a wedding where the music was great, but the DJs ability to lead as the M.C. were poor and uninteresting. Why? Because they’ve had no formal microphone skills training. To some, this comes naturally, but others need training in public speaking or a microphone skills workshop to master their craft. I personally have over 250 hours of training as an M.C. and over 20 years of experience implementing this skill at weddings.
Wedding Entertainment Director, Peter Merry, a leader in the wedding industry and author of the book “The Best Wedding Reception Ever!” says it perfectly – “As the MC, you are the spokesperson for the bride & groom”. An M.C. represents your intentions, controls the flow, and manages your vision while connecting your guests to the celebration.
So what specifically do they do? Here’s a list of 5 important responsibilities of an M.C.:
~ Keeping your guests informed (announcing where, when, how, and what they can do)
~ Introductions (announcing events like the introductions, toasts, first dance, and cake cutting)
~ Surroundings (letting guests know where things are. Example: the guest book to sign, place cards, buffet, etc.)
~ Personality (An MC brings a style or personality that sets the tone right from the beginning)
~ Hype Man (In some cases a hype man can pump up the crowd during dancing. This would be a second M.C. pairing with a DJ)
How do we ensure you’ll receive a qualified DJ AND M.C.? Contact us to find out!
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